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Ryote Dori Tenchi Nage. This class was a little frustrating for me. Seems that I spent most of it with Ukes that would not connect, or would not stay connected to me. One partner kept letting go half way through the technique and falling over….. I started wondering about this, until I worked with one of the Yudansha that connected well. I try really hard when I am a Uke to connect well and follow with the technique. I can't say what it feels like to other people, but I hope that I help the Nage learn…I know that when I connect well with someone that knows the technique well, I learn from being the uke! When someone does it not as well, I learn from that to. Like people that have a light earth hand in this technique, if they move it by 1/2 and inch it takes my balance away a lot better, smoother, etc.
Do the people that do not make a good connection as a Uke, want you to not make a strong connection to them when they are Nage? Should I be lighter in my connection to them when they are lighter in connection to me?
I like partnering up with some of the higher belts, they seem for the most part to connect really well. This could be a learning issue, and that we will all get better the longer we are doing it?
I have noticed that I find several of the people particularly intimidating on the mat. I have noticed that when I am intimidated, my skill level plummets. Need to be more in the moment when working with these people. I think that there is some energy level thing there too. I have to look at why it is that I might feel that way next time I am feeling it. What did they do, or do not do, which contributes to my feeling intimidated. One of them helped with rolling practice after class. I didn't feel at all intimidated when doing that. Felt really good working with him. My rolling felt a lot better today!
Payment system seems to be set up to allow everyone to save face, if they can't pay the full amount. At first it struck me as being really strange, then I realized that there could be other reasons for it, and thought about what they might be. It also separates the money from the relationship with sensei in some ways. If you put your monthly fee? dues? into a box in the dojo, then you are paying for the use of the dojo, and not necessarily the relationship with sensei. Or I could be thinking about this way too much. This is really a neat Dojo.